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Valuation
Property
Valuation
Homebuyer
Report
Building
Survey
Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
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Identify potential problems
such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including inspecting roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building from ground level
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Can help you negotiate a better property price
Where problems are discovered or a lower valuation is given, buyers are enabled to negotiate a lower buying price
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Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy-to-understand format
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Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
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Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
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Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
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Exhaustive report
a more indepth survey on construction, issues and defects
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Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
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Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
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Ongoing maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
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Building reinstatement costs
Included for insurance purposes
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Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
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Appropriate for unusual property types
Suitable for a older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
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Advice for your solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.
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Need a Property Survey ? Which one should you opt for?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Waterloo

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when you are purchasing a home made of conventional materials such as tile & brick, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Waterloo

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Waterloo) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor and is more comprehensive. Choose this for non standard , for example stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Waterloo

    This is an independent valuation . This is typically chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Waterloo and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Waterloo property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any works or an extension on the Waterloo property, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it will give a more detailed analysis of the Waterloo property's general condition along with more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a Waterloo Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

We are purchasing a cottage in Waterloo. What consequences will the box frame structure have on maintenance?

Many buyers in Waterloo would be interested in owning property with real personality. A property's age, however, can sometimes be an issue. Houses featuring traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be expensive to upkeep. It is often the case that expert knowledge is necessary, and it could also be necessary to find Traditional materials, which could result in higher ongoing expenses.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Mould caused problems in the past. What should we do about roof repairs?

This is often asked by Waterloo home buyers who know that homes could unfortunately be experiencing torn or punctured damp-proofing, among a range of other roofing issues. From trusses to collar beams, every part of the roof will be considered. Factors like literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

Upkeep need not always be costly, but they should be budgeted for carefully. A building survey prior to exchange is highly recommended, so that you fully understand what expenses you will be facing. A builder from the area with professional accreditation can provide a quote.

External walls

In the HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of an red light rating defects for 'E4 - Main walls' ?

In Waterloo, an example may be cracks to non-structural walls. Note that concealed elements will not be considered. If hidden issues with the walls or foundations are suspected, a more comprehensive structural survey may be advised. Damp proofing, including the DPC, is also included here. RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, with a minimum of technical jargon. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. Red, or condition rating three, indicates particularly concerning issues. These can include dangers such as the suspected presence of asbestos, or extensive structural damage. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific residence being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. The structured format for the HomeBuyer Report is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any house buyers in Waterloo. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Waterloo and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Waterloo property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any works or an extension on the Waterloo property, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it will give a more detailed analysis of the Waterloo property's general condition along with more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a Waterloo Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

We are purchasing a cottage in Waterloo. What consequences will the box frame structure have on maintenance?

Many buyers in Waterloo would be interested in owning property with real personality. A property's age, however, can sometimes be an issue. Houses featuring traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be expensive to upkeep. It is often the case that expert knowledge is necessary, and it could also be necessary to find Traditional materials, which could result in higher ongoing expenses.



Roof defects identified during a survey

Mould caused problems in the past. What should we do about roof repairs?

This is often asked by Waterloo home buyers who know that homes could unfortunately be experiencing torn or punctured damp-proofing, among a range of other roofing issues. From trusses to collar beams, every part of the roof will be considered. Factors like literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

Upkeep need not always be costly, but they should be budgeted for carefully. A building survey prior to exchange is highly recommended, so that you fully understand what expenses you will be facing. A builder from the area with professional accreditation can provide a quote.

External walls

In the HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of an red light rating defects for 'E4 - Main walls' ?

In Waterloo, an example may be cracks to non-structural walls. Note that concealed elements will not be considered. If hidden issues with the walls or foundations are suspected, a more comprehensive structural survey may be advised. Damp proofing, including the DPC, is also included here. RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, with a minimum of technical jargon. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. Red, or condition rating three, indicates particularly concerning issues. These can include dangers such as the suspected presence of asbestos, or extensive structural damage. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific residence being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. The structured format for the HomeBuyer Report is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any house buyers in Waterloo. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property.

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